LIVE: Josh Ritter @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 12/5/09

December 8th, 2009, 10:33 am by Greg


Playing to what looked like about a half-full Troy Music Hall on Saturday night, Josh Ritter was no less enthusiastic for it. Before a truly “all ages” audience, Ritter and his band generously wove their way between quiet, acoustic moments and full-out rocking ‘n’ rolling, delivering a jewel of a show in a setting that echoed that perfectly.

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Livingston Taylor, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

November 19th, 2009, 3:48 pm by Greg

LivingstonTaylor“The first record album I ever bought…

Well, I don’t know if this is exactly it, but certainly it was one of the earliest ones. I may very well have purchased records before this, but when I was 14 or 15 years old, I bought an album by Dionne Warwick, an album of songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David because their songs were absolutely destroying me. They were so good.

‘Do you know the way to San Jose? I’ve been away so long, I might go wrong and lose my way…’ They just did some absolutely great writing.”

Livingston Taylor makes a tour stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy on Sunday (November 22).

A Cappella Invasion

November 13th, 2009, 1:37 pm by Greg

It’s the Battle of the A Cappella Groups on Saturday (November 14), and if you’re a fan of the still-ain’t-got-no-band style of music, you’ve got a tough decision to make.

Straight No Chaser at Proctors in Schenectady:

Or Rockapella at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy:

Beatles vs. the Dead: A Tribute Battle of the Bands, 11/6/09

November 4th, 2009, 11:33 am by Greg

Maybe it’s a generational thing.

Maybe it’s just a matter of “the song, not the singer.”

But the whole concept of the “tribute band” thing has always left me scratching my head. Maybe it’s because most of the bands that I’ve really loved over the years never became popular enough to demand that some bunch of musicians would go out on the road and play nothing but Doll by Doll songs. Or deal exclusively with the catalog of Manfred Mann. Or Chris Whitley, Jeff Buckley, Tindersticks

Heck, there weren’t a whole lot of people going out to see those real-deal folks when they were still out there on tour – and, yes, some of them still are.

But apparently there are ticket-buyers out there willing to drop hard-earned cash to see Dark Star Orchestra pretend that they’re the Grateful Dead. Or 1964 The Tribute serving up a faux Fab Four performance. Hey, it’s a free country… isn’t it?

Anyway, if that’s the kind of thing that floats yer boat, you’ve got a decision to make on Friday (November 6):

Dark Star Orchestra at the Palace Theatre in Albany
1964 The Tribute at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy

Which one are you going to see?

Or am I being just too harsh?

Troy Music Hall Tix Deal

September 25th, 2009, 9:20 am by Greg

Paco Pena

Paco Pena

In conjunction with tonight’s monthly Troy Night Out arts walk, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is offering a special offer on tickets for flamenco guitar great Paco Pena‘s performance, “A Compas! In the Rhythm,” on Thursday, October 1.

For two hours only – 5-7pm tonight – you can purchase two $31 tickets for the price of one at the Troy Music Hall box office at 30 Second St. The buy-one, get-one-free ticket offer is only available in person at the box office and is not valid for telephone or internet sales.

Be Here Now: Firefighter Font @ Valentine’s, 9/12/09

September 9th, 2009, 3:05 pm by Greg

FirefighterFontCharlie Everywhere changed their name to Phantogram, burst out of the scene and stirred up some considerable response with their self-titled EP earlier this year.

So who’s the next Sub-Bombin band about to follow in their footsteps?

Could it be Firefighter Font?

Find out on Saturday, September 12, when the Saratoga Springs trio of guitarist Greg Tebbano, drummer Adiro Patten and bassist Damon Cook unleash their debut album, “Crash Tender,” with a wailin’ party at Valentine’s in Albany. Joining in the festivities will be Beware! The Other Head of Science and Saint Ukraine.

Comin’ Soon…

September 9th, 2009, 11:45 am by Greg

David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience

David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience

The Man in Black is back? Well, not quite. But recently added to the concert calendar at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is tribute act, “David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience,” on Sunday, October 11. How good are they? Well, I don’t really know, but they had the cojones to go to San Quentin Prison and do their thing earlier this year on the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s legendary concert (and subsequent live album).

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock welcomes Steve Kimock on Friday, November 6 and Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Friday, November 27.

The fall concert series at Old Songs in Voorheesville will include performances by Brian McNeill (Thursday, September 24), Beppe Gambetta (Friday, October 2), Patrick Ball‘s “The Flame of Love” (Friday, October 30), “The Visitors” featuring Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn, Joe Bruchac, John Kirk, more (Saturday, November 7) and the Jeremy Kittel World Band (Saturday, November 21).

The return of interplanetary metalheads GWAR is always cause for much excitement – and lots of consternation, too – so we’re happy to report that the ever-popular scumdogs of the universe will be stepping back into the spotlight at Northern Lights in Clifton Park in support of their 25th anniversary album, “Lust in Space,” on Friday, December 11. GWAR at Christmastime?!? More fun than a dozen Andy Williams holiday specials.



Comin’ soon…

September 2nd, 2009, 11:43 am by Greg

Chris Shaw and Bridget Ball

Chris Shaw and Bridget Ball

It’s a veritable concert cornucopia at The Egg in Albany this year. Yet another big batch of shows has just been announced for the 2009-2010 season. Highlights include Dar Williams with the Nields (Saturday, October 24), comedian, late night talk show host and former Metroland receptionist Jimmy Fallon (Saturday, November 21), the Derek Trucks Band (Sunday, December 13), Dan Zanes & Friends (Saturday, January 23), Karla Bonoff and Janis Ian (Sunday, April 18) and Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks with John Hammond (Friday, April 23). And after a long run at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Chris Shaw and Bridget Ball‘s annual holiday concert “Mountain Snow and Mistletoe” has left Troy, headed across the river and landed at The Egg for shows on Saturday and Sunday, December 12-13. Tix for all of these newly announced shows at The Egg will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 4.

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